WYSO to air ReInvention Stories, short films

February 26, 2014

YELLOW SPRINGS — Public radio station WYSO 91.3FM and filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar announce season two of ReInvention Stories to begin on March 12. Every Wednesday morning, a new ReInvention radio story will air on WYSO during Morning Edition, and each story will be accompanied by a short film on wyso.org.

The ten new stories are a result of the continued collaboration between WYSO radio producers and a team of filmmakers working with Bognar and Reichert. WYSO producers include Jerry Kenney, Juliet Fromholt, and Sarah Buckingham. Filmmakers include Eric Risher, Shawndra Jones, and Basim Blunt, who also served as project manager.

“WYSO is pleased to foster collaborations between local film and radio producers and to act as the only Dayton-area public media outlet where this kind of creativity is given a home,” says WYSO General Manager Neenah Ellis. “So many great stories go untold in our area. We’re trying change that.”

The producers chose to explore three neighborhoods, two in Dayton: Five Oaks and Old North Dayton and the western suburb of Trotwood. The resulting stories are profiles of individuals who are going through a personal reinvention or working to transform their communities.

“The filmmakers have taken a very different, more expansive, approach this year to the short movies,” says executive producer Julia Reichert. “We are excited to show our new visual concept.”

ReInvention Stories began as one of ten public media projects receiving a “Localore” grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR). The project aim was to pair public media stations with independent producers and create multi-media stories about local communities. After ReInvention Stories launched in 2013, it was granted major funds from the MacArthur Foundation for a second year of storytelling. Additional funds came from Wright State University’s Collaborative Education, Leadership, and Innovation in the Arts (CELIA) fund, Antioch College and the Yellow Springs Community Foundation. Stories from season 1 of ReInvention Stories are available at wyso.org and reinventionstories.org.

Public radio station WYSO 91.3 is licensed to Antioch College with studios in Yellow Springs. It broadcasts on multiple platforms: 91.3 FM, live streaming at wyso.org, on HD radio and on the Public Radio Player, a mobile application. WYSO is the Miami Valley’s only NPR News station with programming from NPR, Public Radio International, American Public Media, PRX and the BBC as well as the the work of local, independent radio producers.

ReInvention Stories 2014

March 12

Islom Shakhbandarov

Faced with discrimination and ethnic cleansing in Russia, Shkhbandarov and thousands of Ahiska Turks took refuge in the United States. They’ve made a home for themselves in Old North Dayton. Produced by Sarah Buckingham and Eric Risher

March 19

John Footh and Tad Erichsen

When Tad Erichsen and John Footh moved to Five Oaks in 2011, they began transforming their backyard into an agricultural oasis. From these gardens, Tad and John are able to grow a large variety of crops. Their reinvention story lies in the life changes they have made and their desire to teach others about sustainable living. Produced by Jerry Kenney

March 26

Shondale Atkinson

Shondale Atkinson grew up as a teenage mother in Miami Valley’s foster care system. As an adult, she’s opened a home in Trotwood for teen moms and their children living in the foster care system and serves as an advocate for these young families. Produced by Juliet Fromholt and Shawndra Jones

April 2

Jennifer Evans

Unsatisfied with her work as a civil engineer in Detroit, Jennifer longed for something more. She decided to return to Old North Dayton to re-open her parent’s business, Evans’ Bakery. Produced by Sarah Buckingham and Eric Risher

April 9

Don Dominick

Dominick’s family tree has four generations of Dayton roots. When faced with adversity, this father and husband almost lost everything. With resiliency and a strong sense of community pride, Dominick has proven that the road back home is paved through helping others succeed. Produced by Basim Blunt

April 16

Jerry Bowling

When the economic crisis hit the automotive industry, Bowling found himself without a job. Struggling to make ends meet, he signed up for classes at Sinclair Community College, while working three part-time jobs. Produced by Sarah Buckingham and Eric Risher

April 23

Philipe Payne

Philipe Payne enjoyed a successful career with Appleton Paper Company until he was laid off in 2012. Now he’s in school, training for a new career and pursuing a passion for making art. Produced by Juliet Fromholt and Shawndra Jones

April 30

Jim Bucher

He was host of the popular “Bucher’s Beat” on local television for over 20 years. In 2013, his on-air segment was cancelled. Since then, Bucher’s fans and community have nurtured his comeback. He’s learned to use social media to stay connected to this city he loves. Produced by Basim Blunt and Jerry Kenney

May 7

Jason and Angela Shelton

Jason and Angela Shelton both left steady jobs to pursue the dream of being business owners. We follow them as they start the process of opening two new businesses while still supporting their young family. Produced by Juliet Fromholt and Shawndra Jones

May 14

Jan Underwood

Underwood was drawn to photography from the first moment she held a camera. She worked for over 25 years at the Dayton Daily News as a photojournalist and loved her job. When the internet began to challenge the dominance of newspapers, many journalists lost their jobs. Jan was one of them. Produced by Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert